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Shannon A. Shelton

Shannon Shelton is an associate attorney in the New Orleans office of Kean Miller. She joined the firm in 2012 and her litigation practice includes energy, environmental, commercial, Medicare compliance, and construction matters. Shannon primarily represents and defends Fortune 10 energy companies in disputes involving toxic tort exposure, personal injury from Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (NORM), oil field legacy sites, wetlands loss, and environmental contamination.

Shannon has handled every level of trial advocacy, including federal jury trial opening and closing statements, cross examination of fact and expert witnesses, as well as summary judgment hearings.

Shannon counsels and advises global energy companies and national chemical companies with settlement and litigation issues related to Medicare reporting and compliance obligations, including: evaluation of Medicare's potential interest in settlement funds or personal injury awards paid to plaintiffs; evaluation of Section 111 of the Medicare, Medicaid and SCHIP Extension Act (MMSEA) registration and reporting obligations; identification and minimization of risks of future Medicare-related claims, penalties, and fines stemming from payments to Medicare beneficiaries; and, resolution of healthcare lien obligations.

Prior to joining Kean Miller, Shannon was a judicial intern for Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown of the United States District Court for the Eastern District.

Representative Experience

  • Served as First Chair Trial Attorney to a major oil and gas company in personal injury premises liability litigation, taking the case to jury verdict
  • Local counsel for national onshore and offshore electrical generation equipment manufacturers
  • Counsel and advise global energy companies regarding Section 111 of the Medicare, Medicaid and SCHIP Extension Act (MMSEA) compliance in mass tort and personal injury matters
  • Representation of a joint defense group of oil and gas companies in NORM personal injury and property damage class action and mass joinder cases
  • Defense of energy companies in lawsuits seeking damages for fear of contracting cancer, increased risk of contracting cancer, and/or medical monitoring damages based on alleged toxic exposures at former industrial sites
  • Defense of global energy company in class action litigation alleging personal injuries from toxic exposures to Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (NORM)
  • Defense of major oil and gas companies in lawsuits alleging that soil, sediment, groundwater, drinking water, and other types of environmental contamination were caused by oil and gas exploration and production activities, gas processing/midstream operations, and refining operations throughout Louisiana
  • Defense of major oil and gas companies in oil field legacy cases involving Louisiana Act 312, as well as claims for alleged breaches of mineral leases, surface leases, and the Louisiana Mineral Code
  • Defense of major oil and gas company in cases involving land loss and subsidence asserted under the Louisiana Coastal Zone Management Act
  • Defense of major oil and gas company in connection with claims of environmental property damage related to exploration and production activities
  • Defense of international company specializing in on/off loading of seagoing vessels, especially containerized freight, in personal injury longshore litigation related to incidents occurring on docks of New Orleans
  • Defense of major oil and gas company in personal injury premises liability litigation
  • Representation of local commercial general contractor in large contract litigation
  • Defense of local commercial general contractor in breach of workmanlike performance claim
  • Representation of local restaurant owner in commercial construction contract litigation
  • Defense of Wisconsin-based flooring manufacturer in redhibition and products liability litigation
  • Defense of local funeral home in fraud and breach of contract litigation
  • Representation of national transportation rental company in litigation involving claims of alleged personal injury and property damage


Shannon earned her B.A., cum laude, in Psychology and Sociology from Loyola University New Orleans. She earned her J.D., magna cum laude, from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, where she was a member of the Loyola Law Review and a William L. Crowe Sr. Scholar. While at Loyola, Shannon was inducted into the Order of Barristers and actively participated as a member of the Moot Court and Trial Advocacy Programs. Shannon was honored as an Outstanding Advocate at the 19th Annual Chief Judge Conrad B. Duberstein National Bankruptcy Memorial Moot Court Competition and was the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law 2009 recipient of the Edna S. Burkhalter Award for Outstanding Oral Ability.


  • Admitted, Louisiana; United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of Louisiana; United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal


  • New Orleans and Louisiana State Bar Associations, Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel; Women's Energy Network, Southeast Louisiana Chapter; New Orleans Association for Women Attorneys

Articles, Publications and Presentations

Community Service

  • Volunteer, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law Moot Court Program (2009 – present)
  • Guest Judge, Regional Rounds for New York City Bar’s 67th Annual National Moot Court Competition (2016)
  • Panelist, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law Professional Success and Networking for Part-Time Students (2015)
  • Co-Chair, New Orleans Bar Association's Approach the Bench CLE Series (2013)
  • Panelist, Louisiana State Bar Association's Law School Professionalism Orientation (2013)
  • Past Volunteer, Homeless Experience Legal Protection (H.E.L.P) 
  • Past Volunteer Judge, Judge Richard N. Ware IV Memorial Statewide High School Mock Trial Competition (2012, 2013)
  • Past Volunteer, LSBA/JTBP Suit Up for the Future High School Legal Institute & Internship Program